After a serious motorcycle accident, most riders will want to know how quickly they can get back on their bikes. They can be repaired or replaced, and injuries can heal, but this takes time and typically a lot of money.
In Southern California, an injured rider should contact an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in Los Angeles for an estimate of the damages that are available in their case. At Salamati Law, we understand the joy and freedom that riders get from their bikes. We use our twenty-five years of experience in representing riders to recover the largest damages awards that may be available.
Damages in a motorcycle accident case are a combination of the rider’s actual financial losses and their non-economic damages for pain and suffering.
Actual financial losses include:
Damages for pain and suffering are a function of:
The timing of the payment will depend on whether the case settles or goes to trial. Settlement payments can be recovered more quickly, but an average motorcycle accident settlement might be lower than damages that a jury awards.
In every case, an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can assess whether an injured rider can recover more through a settlement or by taking their case to trial. If a settlement is rejected, the trial might not happen for several months or more.
In either event, the injured rider in Southern California will have an opportunity to recover a larger damages award more quickly by hiring experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyers and starting a lawsuit as soon as is possible after the accident.
Hiring a lawyer as soon as is possible after an accident will prevent the negligent party’s insurance company from attempting to settle the case for a small, nominal amount before any lawsuit is filed. An insurer might offer to pay for damage to the rider’s bike and actual medical bills from the first few days after the accident. However, that quick offer will inevitably exclude all future costs and expenses and any recovery for pain and suffering.
An injured rider should always consult with a lawyer before accepting any insurance company settlements or signing any liability release forms that the insurance company might require. Once a liability release form is signed, a rider will forfeit the opportunity to recover all further compensation.
Please see our website or call Salamati Law directly for a free consultation. You will meet with a knowledgeable and experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident lawyer about the compensation that you might be able to recover. If you retain our firm and we accept your case, we will fight tirelessly to help you recover the largest available damages award—so you can focus on your recovery.